|Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness - TED.com|
At TED2010, mathematics legend Benoit Mandelbrot develops a theme he first discussed at TED in 1984 -- the extreme complexity of roughness, and the way that fractal math can find order within patterns that seem unknowably complicated.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; math; TED2010; 2010
|Marian Bantjes: Intricate beauty by design - TED.com|
In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; art; design; innovation; TED2010; 2010
|Esther Duflo: Social experiments to fight poverty - TED.com|
Alleviating poverty is more guesswork than science, and lack of data on aid's impact raises questions about how to provide it. But Clark Medal-winner Esther Duflo says it's possible to know which development efforts help and which hurt -- by testing solutions with randomized tria
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; economics; poverty; third world; TED2010; 2010
|Alan Siegel: Let's simplify legal jargon! - TED.com|
Tax forms, credit agreements, healthcare legislation: They're crammed with gobbledygook, says Alan Siegel, and incomprehensibly long. He calls for a simple, sensible redesign -- and plain English -- to make legal paperwork intelligible to the rest of us.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; business; language; law; simplicity; TED2010; 2010
|Catherine Mohr builds green - TED.com|
In a short, funny, data-packed talk at TED U, Catherine Mohr walks through all the geeky decisions she made when building a green new house -- looking at real energy numbers, not hype. What choices matter most? Not the ones you think.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; culture; green; technology; TED2010; 2010
|David Cameron: The next age of government - TED.com|
The leader of Britain's Conservative Party says we're entering a new era -- where governments themselves have less power (and less money) and people empowered by technology have more. Tapping into new ideas on behavioral economics, he explores how these trends could be turned into smarter policy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; global issues; politics; TED2010; 2010
|Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps - TED.com|
In a demo that drew gasps at TED2010, Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos new augmented-reality mapping technology from Microsoft.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; design; map; technology; TED2010; 2010
|Lies, damned lies and statistics (about TEDTalks) - TED.com|
In a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek analysis, Sebastian Wernicke turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating "the optimum TEDTalk" based on user ratings. How do you rate it? "Jaw-dropping"? "Unconvincing"? Or just plain "Funny"?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; comedy; entertainment; statistics; TED2010; 2010
|Andrew Bird's one-man orchestra of the imagination - TED.com|
Musical innovator Andrew Bird winds together his trademark violin technique with xylophone, vocals and sophisticated electronic looping. Add in his uncanny ability to whistle anything, and he becomes a riveting one-man orchestra
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; entertainment; music; performance; TED2010; 2010
|Natalie Merchant: Singing old poems to life - TED.com|
Natalie Merchant sings from her new album, Leave Your Sleep. Lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry pair with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; literature; music; performance; poetry; TED2010; 2010
|Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! - TED.com|
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; creativity; education; invention; TED2010; 2010
|Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids - TED.com|
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; creativity; education; intelligence; TED2010; 2010
|Gary Lauder's new traffic sign: Take Turns - TED.com|
Fifty percent of traffic accidents happen at intersections. Gary Lauder shares a brilliant and cheap idea for helping drivers move along smoothly: a new traffic sign that combines the properties of "Stop" and "Yield" -- and asks drivers to be polite.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; design; transportation; TED2010; 2010
|Frederick Balagadde: Bio-lab on a microchip - TED.com|
Drugs alone can't stop disease in sub-Saharan Africa: We need diagnostic tools to match. TED Senior Fellow Frederick Balagadde shows how we can multiply the power and availability of an unwieldy, expensive diagnostic lab -- by miniaturizing it to the size of a chip.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; engineering; invention; microbiology; TED2010; 2010
|Mark Roth: Suspended animation is within our grasp - TED.com|
Mark Roth studies suspended animation: the art of shutting down life processes and then starting them up again. It's wild stuff, but it's not science fiction. Induced by careful use of an otherwise toxic gas, suspended animation can potentially help trauma and heart attack victims survive long enough to be treated.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; fish; health care; science; war; TED2010; 2010
|Raghava KK: Five lives of an artist - TED.com|
With endearing honesty and vulnerability, Raghava KK tells the colorful tale of how art has taken his life to new places, and how life experiences in turn have driven his multiple reincarnations as an artist -- from cartoonist to painter, media darling to social outcast, and son to father.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; culture; design; entertainment; TED2010; 2010
|Graham Hill: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian - TED.com|
We all know the arguments that being vegetarian is better for the environment and for the animals -- but in a carnivorous culture, it can be hard to make the change. Graham Hill has a powerful, pragmatic suggestion: Be a weekday veg.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; food; global issues; green; TED2010; 2010
|Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks - TED.com|
We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits -- from happiness to obesity -- can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don't even know.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; evolution; health; medicine; science; society; TED2010; 2010
|Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world - TED.com|
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; computers; design; entertainment; gaming; global issues; play; TED2010; 2010
|John Kasaona: How poachers became caretakers - TED.com|
In his home of Namibia, John Kasaona is working on an innovative way to protect endangered animal species: giving nearby villagers (including former poachers) responsibility for caring for the animals. And it's working.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; animals; biodiversity; global issues; green; science; TED2010; 2010
|Gary Flake: is Pivot a turning point for web exploration? - TED.com|
Gary Flake demos Pivot, a new way to browse and arrange massive amounts of images and data online. Built on breakthrough Seadragon technology, it enables spectacular zooms in and out of web databases, and the discovery of patterns and links invisible in standard web browsing.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; data; demo; interface design; technology; web; TED2010; 2010
|Nalini Nadkarni: Life science in prison - TED.com|
Nalini Nadkarni challenges our perspective on trees and prisons -- she says both can be more dynamic than we think. Through a partnership with the state of Washington, she brings science classes and conservation programs to inmates, with unexpected results.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biosphere; crime; environment; nature; prison; social change; TED2010; 2010
|Richard Sears: Planning for the end of oil - TED.com|
As the world's attention focuses on the perils of oil exploration, we present Richard Sears' talk from early February 2010. Sears, an expert in developing new energy resources, talks about our inevitable and necessary move away from oil. Toward ... what?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; alternative energy; energy; exploration; green; science; technology; TED2010; 2010
|Hillel Cooperman: Legos for grownups - TED.com|
Lego blocks: playtime mainstay for industrious kids, obsession for many (ahem!) mature adults. Hillel Cooperman takes us on a trip through the beloved bricks' colorful, sometimes oddball grownup subculture, featuring CAD, open-source robotics and a little adult behavior.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; design; entertainment; entrepreneur; gaming; TED2010; 2010
|Christopher "moot" Poole: The case for anonymity online - TED.com|
The founder of 4chan, a controversial, uncensored online imageboard, describes its subculture, some of the Internet "memes" it has launched, and the incident in which its users managed a very public, precision hack of a mainstream media website. The talk raises questions about the power -- and price -- of anonymity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; activism; collaboration; computers; culture; government; law; meme; web; TED2010; 2010
|Margaret Gould Stewart: How YouTube thinks about copyright - TED.com|
Margaret Gould Stewart, YouTube's head of user experience, talks about how the ubiquitous video site works with copyright holders and creators to foster (at the best of times) a creative ecosystem where everybody wins.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; business; creativity; culture; entertainment; law; technology; video; TED2010; 2010
|Debate: Does the world need nuclear energy? - TED.com|
Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think -- and might even change your mind.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; climate change; economics; energy; environment; green; law; nuclear weapons; politics; TED2010; 2010
|Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception - TED.com|
Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things -- from alien abductions to dowsing rods -- boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2010; TED; Talks; God; faith; neurology; psychology; science; self; 2010
|Elizabeth Pisani: Sex, drugs and HIV -- let's get rational - TED.com|
Armed with bracing logic, wit and her public-health nerd glasses, Elizabeth Pisani reveals the myriad of inconsistencies in today's political systems that prevent our dollars from effectively fighting the spread of HIV. Her research with at-risk populations -- from junkies in prison to sex workers on the street in Cambodia -- demonstrates the sometimes counter-intuitive measures that could stall the spread of this devastating disease.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; AIDS; global issues; health; health care; sex; TED2010; 2010
|Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate - TED.com|
Democracy thrives on civil debate, Michael Sandel says -- but we're shamefully out of practice. He leads a fun refresher, with TEDsters sparring over a recent Supreme Court case (PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin) whose outcome reveals the critical ingredient in justice.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; government; law; philosophy; politics; sports; TED2010; 2010
|Cheryl Hayashi: The magnificence of spider silk - TED.com|
Cheryl Hayashi studies spider silk, one of nature's most high-performance materials. Each species of spider can make up to 7 very different kinds of silk. How do they do it? Hayashi explains at the DNA level -- then shows us how this super-strong, super-flexible material can inspire.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; MacArthur grant; biomechanics; biomimicry; science; technology; TED2010; 2010
|Mitchell Joachim: Don't build your home, grow it! - TED.com|
TED Fellow and urban designer Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for sustainable, organic architecture: eco-friendly abodes grown from plants and -- wait for it -- meat.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; design; environment; urban planning; TED2010; 2010
|Carter Emmart demos a 3D atlas of the universe - TED.com|
For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it's being shared with facilities around the wor
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; astronomy; science; space; technology; TED2010; 2010
|Kevin Stone: The bio-future of joint replacement - TED.com|
Arthritis and injury grind down millions of joints, but few get the best remedy -- real biological tissue. Kevin Stone shows a treatment that could sidestep the high costs and donor shortfall of human-to-human transplants with a novel use of animal tissue.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; design; future; medicine; technology; TED2010; 2010
|Omar Ahmad: Political change with pen and paper - TED.com|
Politicians are strange creatures, says politician Omar Ahmad. And the best way to engage them on your pet issue is a monthly handwritten letter. Ahmad shows why old-fashioned correspondence is more effective than email, phone or even writing a check -- and shares the four simple steps to writing a letter that works.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; culture; politics; social change; TED2010; 2010
|Julia Sweeney has "The Talk" - TED.com|
Despite her best efforts, comedian Julia Sweeney is forced to tell a little white lie when her 8-year-old begins learning about frog reproduction -- and starts to ask some very smart questio
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; comedy; humor; relationships; sex; TED2010; 2010
|John Underkoffler points to the future of UI - TED.com|
Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak -- the real-life version of the film's eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow's computers will be controlled?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; computers; design; interface design; invention; technology; visualizations; TED2010; 2010
|Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds - TED.com|
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures" which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; animals; brain; design; education; invention; mental health; science; technology; TED2010; 2010
|Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile - TED.com|
When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; Buddhism; business; economics; happiness; money; psychology; TED2010; 2010
|Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions - TED.com|
Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; morality; philosophy; psychology; religion; science; TED2010; 2010
|William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer? - TED.com|
William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cancer; food; medicine; science; technology; TED2010; 2010
|Jonathan Klein: Photos that changed the world - TED.com|
Photographs do more than document history -- they make it. At TED University, Jonathan Klein of Getty Images shows some of the most iconic, and talks about what happens when a generation sees an image so powerful it can't look away -- or back.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; media; photography; poverty; war; TED2010; 2010
|Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers - TED.com|
Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with her interviews of young camp graduates. A shocking vision.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2010; TED; Talks; arts; children; culture; film; politics; war; 2010
|Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish - TED.com|
Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie's honeymoon he's enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; agriculture; biology; environment; food; health; TED2010; 2010
|Robert Gupta: Music is medicine, music is sanity - TED.com|
Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonic, talks about a violin lesson he once gave to a brilliant, schizophrenic musician -- and what he learned. Called back onstage later, Gupta plays his own transcription of the prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; brain; education; entertainment; live music; music; violin; TED2010; 2010
|Kevin Bales: How to combat modern slavery - TED.com|
In this moving yet pragmatic talk, Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research -- and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; Slavery; business; economics; global issues; humanity; trafficking; TED2010; 2010
|Michael Specter: The danger of science denial - TED.com|
Vaccine-autism claims, "Frankenfood" bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public's growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; medicine; religion; science; writing; TED2010; 2010
|Philip K. Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system - TED.com|
The land of the free has become a legal minefield, says Philip K. Howard -- especially for teachers and doctors, whose work has been paralyzed by fear of suits. What's the answer? A lawyer himself, Howard has four propositions for simplifying US law.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; business; design; health care; law; TED2010; 2010
|Bill Gates: Innovating to zero! - TED.com|
At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for miracles to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; business; energy; global issues; invention; science; technology; TED2010; 2010
|James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy - TED.com|
James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic -- from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving -- and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits "Aliens," "The Terminator," "Titanic" and "Avatar."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; adventure; entertainment; film; nature; oceans; storytelling; technology; writing; TED2010; 2010